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We look forward to helping you begin your child's education.  

For inquiries about the current school year, please contact or (205) 879-5596.

Preschool Education Ages 1-4

Toddlers & 2 years: 2, 3, or 5 days a week
3K: 3 or 5 days a week                   4K: 4 or 5 days a week
          School Day from 9:00–1:00     Extended Care available 7:30–3:30

(205) 879-5596


Mission Statement
The mission of St. Francis Xavier Early Learning Center is to provide a high quality, age-appropriate curriculum to each child in a child-centered, Catholic environment. The curriculum provided by each teacher will foster the education of the whole child (i.e., spiritual, cognitive, physical, social-emotion). Developmentally appropriate activities will provide children with the opportunity to learn from one-on-one time with the teacher and through “hands on” activities.

Our Early Learning Center meets or exceeds all teacher-to-child ratio standards set by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, allowing each child to receive the individual attention which he or she needs.

We would love to share with you more about our educational philosophy and to answer any questions you might have. Please call us at (205) 879-5596 or email

Meghan Hendrick - Director

Prior to her work as the SFX ELC director, Meghan worked for ten years as a teacher and administrator at Canterbury Preschool and Child Development Center. She and her family are long-time members of the parish.

Ayded "Dede" Martinez - Toddler Class

Dede is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.  She has 3 years of early childhood experience and works with the Hispanic Youth at St. Francis Xavier.  Her daughter is a preschool student at St. Francis Xavier.  

Kathy Nolan - 2K Class

Kathy Nolan has worked in early childhood education in Birmingham for over 20 years.  She also works with the dancers at Steeple Arts in the afternoons and evenings.  She loves teaching and guiding young children.  She is a proud grandmother and a member of Canterbury UMC.  

Tracey Layton Wilson - 3K Class

Tracey Layton Wilson has worked in many areas of the St. Francis Xavier ELC. This year she is working as a 3K teacher. She loves working with all the children and her fellow teachers. Her son is a graduate of the Early Learning Center and her daughter currently attends the ELC.  She and her family are parishioners at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Leeds.

Deborah Myers - Spanish & Aide

Deborah Myers grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where her father was stationed as a Naval Officer. She has a CDA and years of experience teaching in Christian schools and preschools. She taught preschool and elementary Spanish in Florida before moving to Alabama.  She is married and has 5 children.                                                             

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Windy Beals - Administrative Assistant

Windy Beals is the ELC Administrative Assistant and has worked at St. Francis Xavier since 2010. Her children attend St. Francis Xavier School. She and her husband are parishioners at SFX Church.

Ashley Hill - 3K Class

Ashley Hill grew up at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and John Carroll High school.  She has degree in psychology from UAB.  She worked as after school care director for the Elementary School before joining the ELC staff.  She and her husband have 4 children.  

Lesli Nanos - 4K Class

Lesli Nanos is a 4K teacher at St. Francis Xavier. She has been teaching at SFX for 22 years and is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She and her family are members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  

Susan Thomas - 4K Class

Susan Thomas is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Family and Child Development.  She received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of New Orleans.  She and her husband have been married 25 years and have two boys.  She is a member at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Alexis Osbun - 4K Class Aide

Alexis Osbun is a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  3 of her daughters attend St. Francis Xavier Elementary and are graduates of the ELC.  Her youngest daughter attends the ELC.  She is Orton Gillingham trained and also serves as the ELC literacy coordinator.  

Erin Robinson- 3K aide

Erin has a bachelors from UAB in English/Creative Writing.  She has worked for several years as a zoo camp counselor.  She loves working with children and has several years experience working with young children.

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Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8 am - 4 pm
Friday 8 am - 12 pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday


2 Xavier Circle

Birmingham, AL 35213